Transportation from London to Paris

Dec 11th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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Transportation from London to Paris

Asking for a friend:

What would be the least expensive, most efficient way for three adults to get from London (they'll be around the airport area) to Paris. They'll have suitcases.

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Dec 11th, 2006, 08:03 AM
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Around which airport?

Near Gatwick, there's no real alternative to going into town and getting the Eurostar train.

Near Luton or Stansted airports, it's almost certainly quickest, and if booked properly, about as cheap, to fly: go to the airport websites, check operators and see what flights are costing foir when they're travelling.

Near Heathrow or City, it's quickest to fly, but probably pricier than the train. Varies by the second though, so check the best rate the operators (again available from the individual airports' websites) are offering against the best you can get from Eurostar.

Sometimes, the Eurolines bus is cheapest - but takes about 10 hours and goes from central London, so they've got to add the cost of getting into town.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 08:11 AM
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If you can find one of the specials offered by a discount airline, it might be the cheapest way to do it, although the price will be much higher than the penny or £5 advertised special.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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If the airport in question is Heathrow, then they can fly to CDG on either BMI (www.flybmi.com) or British Airways (www.ba.com) for as low as 38.50 GBP, including taxes and fees. Book as far in advance as possible to get these fares.

There are several ways--RER (train), Air France bus, Roissybus, taxi, private car service--to get from CDG to central Paris. The RER costs E8.10 and includes transfers to the Metro in the city.

That said, the Eurostar is the most relaxing way to go. City center to city center is less than three hours. Book up to 120 days in advance at eurostar.com. Fares vary widely depending upon day of the week and time of day. Sometimes a return (roundtrip) ticket is cheaper than a single (one-way) ticket. If so, book an arbitrary return date and throw away the unused portion.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 09:54 AM
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If you "have suitcases" do check on the restrictions for the low cost airlines. They allow practically nothing in comparison to what's allowed in the US - or even majors in europe. You don;t want excess bagge costs to drive your budget ticket price sky high - or worse yet find out they're too large to go on the plane at all.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 10:02 AM
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There are so many options (as you already can see from the posts) we will just confuse you unless you tell us WHICH airport, and WHEN is this trip. The "low cost" airlines are really low cost only if tix are booked well in advance.

So give us the details and we will be able to give you the best info.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 11:39 AM
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They'll be near Heathrow and are going week after next.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 11:56 AM
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Eurostar is likely to be very expensive, booked at short notice. BMI flies to Paris from Heathrow, with one-way "Tiny" fares around 40 pounds each (including taxes). Go to www.flybmi.com.

You might find cheaper fares out of Stansted or Gatwick, but then there would be the added cost, time and general hassle factor of travelling to another airport.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 12:12 PM
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The other low-cost route is EasyJet - Luton to CDG.

Although it's often the case that you can't get good deals on low-cost carriers without a lot of lead time, now and then you can, so it never hurts to check.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Of course, check http://www.whichbudget.com to see this is in fact the case. And it doesn't hurt to check regular carriers either.

There's simply no way to tell what is the best and cheapest way without more details. Everything can vary by date, time, flexibility, etc.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 12:33 PM
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Actually, it,s an easy drive from London to Paris.Hire a car. Take a ferry or the tunnel. It's probably just as quick as flying and around the same price BUT YOU ARE IN CONTROL!!
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:03 PM
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Coincidentally Leigh, that's what I just suggested to her. She says her brother's nervous about driving so I suggested she have her hotel look into the cost of hiring a car and driver. Do you think that would be a good idea? If so, can you recommend any car services?
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:06 PM
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A car and driver from London to Paris would be incredibly expensive, unless you just happened to find someone who was going there anyway and would let you tag along.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:10 PM
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But would it be more expensive than three people purchasing airfare, do you think?
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:13 PM
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Definitely. Even a cab ride around London for 100 miles could easily cost more than 3 people purchasing airfare, never mind going to France.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Oh, well. I hope they rent a car. I think that would be the most cost-efficient thing to do and I don't think the driving will be as bad as they think.

Thanks for all your help.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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>It's probably just as quick as flying and around the same price BUT YOU ARE IN CONTROL!!

Don't.
1) it will be about 6-8 hours
2) leave a professional to do the driving (in this case a pilot or train machinist)
3)renting a car one way from UK to France is going to be roughly as expensive as airfares or train tickets.

In any case - from central London, the train is much faster to paris than flying, and faaaaar faster than driving.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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I don't know if it's true of all rental companies, but I just checked Auto Europe (www.autoeurope.co), a consolidator that has contracts with several rental companies. According to the AE site, one-way rentals are not allowed from the UK to continental Europe.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 01:37 PM
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Obviously, the URL in my last note is missing a "m". It should be www.autoeurope.com.
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